{"id":606445109554,"title":"Kitsch Review: Do Shampoo Bars Actually Work?","created_at":"2023-10-02T23:55:03-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Kitsch Review: Do Shampoo Bars Actually Work?\",\n \"keywords\": \"kitsch, kitsch shampoo bar, kitsch shampoo bar review, kitsch shampoo bar reviews, kitsch rice water shampoo bar, kitsch castor oil shampoo bar\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the ingredients in Kitsch's two most popular shampoo bars to give our take on whether or not they're likely to be effective for improving hair quality and appearance. We feature unsponsored customer reviews and highlight one additive ingredient.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/kitsch-shampoo-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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The company sells shampoos for hair growth, toning and more. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut does Kitsch shampoo contain research-backed ingredients for improving hair quality? Does it contain any questionable additive ingredients? How do real users rate and describe the effects of Kitsch shampoo? And which retailer sells their products for the best price?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in two of Kitsch’s most popular shampoos based on medical studies to give our take on whether or not they're likely to be effective, and which has a better formulation.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand, and provide a cost comparison to show which retailer sells Kitsch for the best price.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003eIngredient Analysis - Rice Water Shampoo\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"Kitsch Rice Water Shampoo Bar ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Kitsch_Rice_Water_Shampoo_Bar_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1696305291\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in Kitsch Rice Water Shampoo Bar for Hair Growth are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eGlycerin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e can have a naturally anti-dandruff effect according to a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/25134312\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSkinmed\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCastor oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e has been shown in some clinical trials to improve hair shine, according to a 2022 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/35816075\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eHydrolyzed rice protein\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e may promote hair growth based on early research documented in a 2022 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/35133117\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emeta-study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eIron oxide\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32739394\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to be a penetration enhancer, meaning it can increase absorption of other active ingredients in a formulation, making them more effective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eFragrance\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the only ingredient that we consider potentially questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs we documented in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/hairitage-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHairitage review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article on another shampoo brand, fragranced consumer products may pose a health risk according to one well-cited medical review.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eKitsch claims that their fragrance is “Natural fragrance derived from plants,” but without knowing the specific chemical compounds used, we can’t share our thoughts on their safety.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we consider Kitsch Rice Water Shampoo Bar likely to improve hair quality and appearance, but we don’t currently recommend this product due to the inclusion of fragrance.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBut how do real users rate and describe the effects of Kitsch shampoo? We’ll feature some real user reviews in the next section of this article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal People Try Kitsch\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube channel called “2 Average Gals” reviewed Kitsch’s shampoo:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/ecK2eqwYW28?si=_FlTXYA3fN5fsQv7\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named Britt Witkin compared Kitsch to another popular rice water shampoo bar:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/Vulb-Rfnlq0?si=qNj64x-QS6VbJC4c\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIngredient Analysis - Castor Oil Shampoo\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"Kitsch Castor Oil Shampoo Bar ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Kitsch_Castor_Oil_Shampoo_Bar_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1696306016\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe ingredients in Kitsch Castor Oil Shampoo Bar are shown above.\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThis formulation is nearly identical to the Rice Water formulation. \u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn fact, both contain castor oil, so the product name is differentiated for marketing purposes.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eUltramarine is a term for a naturally-derived colorant, which is a healthier choice than artificial dye.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eGiven that this shampoo doesn't contain rice protein, which is clinically shown to support hair growth, we consider it to be the worse of the two formulations.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLike the Rice Water shampoo bar, Castor Oil Shampoo Bar also contains fragrance, so we don't currently recommend it.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eEnvironmental Benefits of Kitsch\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eOne huge benefit of Kitsch over other shampoo brands in our opinion is their environmentally-friendly packaging.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003ePackaging in cardboard without any plastic reduces single-use plastic waste that ends up in our oceans, and a YouTube video from the \"Insider Business\" channel shows how production of plastic-free shampoo really works:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/P3vCD7mFaZU?si=pxi7wcEWLJpe4H78\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Clean Hair Care Picks\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Shampoo_Image_20df2087-a8ba-4c39-adbe-7dd14757ec84.png?v=1666993226\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/ingreendients.com\/products\/daily-shampoo?aff=3\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eIngreendients Daily Shampoo\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eis our top shampoo pick, because it's formulated 100% from plants and contains research-backed active ingredients like acetic acid, derived from apple cider vinegar (ACV), which\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8706394\/\"\u003eresearchers suggest\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\"can condition hair making it softer, silkier, shinier.\"\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=267\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=7700\"\u003eHappy Head Topical\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eis our top hair growth solution.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eThis formulation uses FDA-approved hair loss ingredients like minoxidil which is\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/12196747\/\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eto increase hair count by 11%.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe brand also publishes the percentage concentration of each active ingredient, which is a sign of quality and transparency.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eReal Customers Review Kitsch\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAmazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand's website in our opinion.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eKitsch Rice Water Shampoo has been reviewed over 5,000 times on Amazon, with an average review rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThe top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named \"Kathryn Magendie\" who gives the product a 5\/5 star rating and appreciates its aesthetic effects:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAfter rinsing: The shampoo rinsed away easily. My hair was also easy to Wet-brush. And after blow-drying, I was very impressed with how silky and shiny my hair was! \u003cstrong\u003eA marked difference in how my hair was looking the day before. Shiny, silky, pretty hair. Next morning, it still looks shiny and silky. I keep touching my hair - that's how silky it feels.\"\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThe top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named \"Philana\" who gives the product a 1\/5 star rating and claims it caused hair loss:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003eI found that this caused excessive hair fall for me. I used it 4 times within a period of 2 weeks (every 3 to 4 days to wash my hair). Followed with the Kitsch coconut oil conditioner which seemed moisturising when using it, but \u003cstrong\u003eafter air drying my hair, my strands were left very dry. Worst of all, while washing, I noticed 3 times more hair coming out than normal.\"\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eKitsch Rice Water Shampoo Bar has an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars on Google.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eKitsch has an average review rating of 3.78 out of 5 stars on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.bbb.org\/us\/ca\/los-angeles\/profile\/accessories\/kitsch-1216-1278027\"\u003ewebsite\u003c\/a\u003e, and the company responds to all negative reviews and customer complaints, which is a sign of a high-quality brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhere to Buy Kitsch for the Best Price\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eKitsch shampoo bars are sold at a variety of online retailers. Here's a price breakdown for a one-time purchase at the time of publishing this article:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eRice Water Shampoo Bar\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBrand website: $14 (plus shipping, \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.mykitsch.com\/products\/rice-water-protein-shampoo-bar-strengthening\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eUlta: $14 (plus shipping, \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ulta.com\/p\/rice-water-protein-shampoo-bar-pimprod2029681?sku=2592294\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAmazon: \u003cstrong\u003e$13.99 (free shipping\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3F2mk66\"\u003elink to official Amazon listing\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eCastor Oil Shampoo Bar\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBrand website: $14 (plus shipping, \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.mykitsch.com\/products\/nourishing-shampoo-bar\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eUlta: $14 (plus shipping, \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ulta.com\/p\/castor-oil-nourishing-shampoo-bar-pimprod2029684?sku=2592296\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAmazon: \u003cstrong\u003e$13.99 (free shipping\u003c\/strong\u003e, \u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3EZ9R39\"\u003elink to official Amazon listing\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePros and Cons of Kitsch\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHere are the pros and cons of Kitsch in our opinion:\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePros:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAffordable\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eShould improve hair quality\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eShould improve hair apperance\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eEnvironmentally-friendly\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eDye-free\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSimple formulations\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eHighly positive online customer reviews\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eCons:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eContains fragrance\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eConclusion\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe appreciate how environmentally-friendly Kitsch shampoo bars are, and for that reason alone this brand will resonate with some consumers.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eKitsch shampoo contains fragrance, so even though the brand claims this fragrance is naturally-derived, we don't currently recommend these products.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWithout knowing what specific chemical compounds are used for the fragrance, we can't make an assessment of safety.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eKitsch shampoo bars are likely to improve hair quality and appearance because they contain multiple research-backed active ingredients.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe appreciate this brand's simple formulations and affordable prices.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eKitsch has some of the most favorable average customer review ratings of any shampoo brand we've reviewed to date on Illuminate Health.\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-10-02T23:59:45-04:00","updated_at":"2024-03-18T19:19:39-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in Kitsch's two most popular shampoo bars to give our take on whether or not they're likely to be effective for improving hair quality and appearance. 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Kitsch Review: Do Shampoo Bars Actually Work?

Kitsch Review: Do Shampoo Bars Actually Work?


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Kitsch is a unique shampoo brand that sells bars that resemble soap as opposed to liquid shampoo. The company sells shampoos for hair growth, toning and more. 

But does Kitsch shampoo contain research-backed ingredients for improving hair quality? Does it contain any questionable additive ingredients? How do real users rate and describe the effects of Kitsch shampoo? And which retailer sells their products for the best price?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in two of Kitsch’s most popular shampoos based on medical studies to give our take on whether or not they're likely to be effective, and which has a better formulation.

We’ll feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand, and provide a cost comparison to show which retailer sells Kitsch for the best price.

Ingredient Analysis - Rice Water Shampoo

Kitsch Rice Water Shampoo Bar ingredients

The ingredients in Kitsch Rice Water Shampoo Bar for Hair Growth are shown above.

Glycerin can have a naturally anti-dandruff effect according to a clinical trial published in the Skinmed journal.

Castor oil has been shown in some clinical trials to improve hair shine, according to a 2022 medical review.

Hydrolyzed rice protein may promote hair growth based on early research documented in a 2022 meta-study.

Iron oxide is clinically shown to be a penetration enhancer, meaning it can increase absorption of other active ingredients in a formulation, making them more effective.

Fragrance is the only ingredient that we consider potentially questionable from a health perspective.

As we documented in our Hairitage review article on another shampoo brand, fragranced consumer products may pose a health risk according to one well-cited medical review.

Kitsch claims that their fragrance is “Natural fragrance derived from plants,” but without knowing the specific chemical compounds used, we can’t share our thoughts on their safety.

Overall, we consider Kitsch Rice Water Shampoo Bar likely to improve hair quality and appearance, but we don’t currently recommend this product due to the inclusion of fragrance.

But how do real users rate and describe the effects of Kitsch shampoo? We’ll feature some real user reviews in the next section of this article.

Real People Try Kitsch

A YouTube channel called “2 Average Gals” reviewed Kitsch’s shampoo:

A YouTube creator named Britt Witkin compared Kitsch to another popular rice water shampoo bar:

Ingredient Analysis - Castor Oil Shampoo

Kitsch Castor Oil Shampoo Bar ingredients

The ingredients in Kitsch Castor Oil Shampoo Bar are shown above.

This formulation is nearly identical to the Rice Water formulation. 

In fact, both contain castor oil, so the product name is differentiated for marketing purposes.

Ultramarine is a term for a naturally-derived colorant, which is a healthier choice than artificial dye.

Given that this shampoo doesn't contain rice protein, which is clinically shown to support hair growth, we consider it to be the worse of the two formulations.

Like the Rice Water shampoo bar, Castor Oil Shampoo Bar also contains fragrance, so we don't currently recommend it.

Environmental Benefits of Kitsch

One huge benefit of Kitsch over other shampoo brands in our opinion is their environmentally-friendly packaging.

Packaging in cardboard without any plastic reduces single-use plastic waste that ends up in our oceans, and a YouTube video from the "Insider Business" channel shows how production of plastic-free shampoo really works:

Our Clean Hair Care Picks

Ingreendients Daily Shampoo is our top shampoo pick, because it's formulated 100% from plants and contains research-backed active ingredients like acetic acid, derived from apple cider vinegar (ACV), which researchers suggest "can condition hair making it softer, silkier, shinier."

Happy Head Topical is our top hair growth solution.

This formulation uses FDA-approved hair loss ingredients like minoxidil which is clinically shown to increase hair count by 11%.

The brand also publishes the percentage concentration of each active ingredient, which is a sign of quality and transparency.

Real Customers Review Kitsch

Amazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand's website in our opinion.

Kitsch Rice Water Shampoo has been reviewed over 5,000 times on Amazon, with an average review rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

The top positive review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named "Kathryn Magendie" who gives the product a 5/5 star rating and appreciates its aesthetic effects:

"After rinsing: The shampoo rinsed away easily. My hair was also easy to Wet-brush. And after blow-drying, I was very impressed with how silky and shiny my hair was! A marked difference in how my hair was looking the day before. Shiny, silky, pretty hair. Next morning, it still looks shiny and silky. I keep touching my hair - that's how silky it feels."

The top negative review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named "Philana" who gives the product a 1/5 star rating and claims it caused hair loss:

"I found that this caused excessive hair fall for me. I used it 4 times within a period of 2 weeks (every 3 to 4 days to wash my hair). Followed with the Kitsch coconut oil conditioner which seemed moisturising when using it, but after air drying my hair, my strands were left very dry. Worst of all, while washing, I noticed 3 times more hair coming out than normal."

Kitsch Rice Water Shampoo Bar has an average rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars on Google.

Kitsch has an average review rating of 3.78 out of 5 stars on the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website, and the company responds to all negative reviews and customer complaints, which is a sign of a high-quality brand.

Where to Buy Kitsch for the Best Price

Kitsch shampoo bars are sold at a variety of online retailers. Here's a price breakdown for a one-time purchase at the time of publishing this article:

Rice Water Shampoo Bar

Brand website: $14 (plus shipping, link)

Ulta: $14 (plus shipping, link)

Amazon: $13.99 (free shipping, link to official Amazon listing)

Castor Oil Shampoo Bar

Brand website: $14 (plus shipping, link)

Ulta: $14 (plus shipping, link)

Amazon: $13.99 (free shipping, link to official Amazon listing)

Pros and Cons of Kitsch

Here are the pros and cons of Kitsch in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Should improve hair quality
  • Should improve hair apperance
  • Environmentally-friendly
  • Dye-free
  • Simple formulations
  • Highly positive online customer reviews

Cons:

  • Contains fragrance
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Conclusion

We appreciate how environmentally-friendly Kitsch shampoo bars are, and for that reason alone this brand will resonate with some consumers.

Kitsch shampoo contains fragrance, so even though the brand claims this fragrance is naturally-derived, we don't currently recommend these products.

Without knowing what specific chemical compounds are used for the fragrance, we can't make an assessment of safety.

Kitsch shampoo bars are likely to improve hair quality and appearance because they contain multiple research-backed active ingredients.

We appreciate this brand's simple formulations and affordable prices.

Kitsch has some of the most favorable average customer review ratings of any shampoo brand we've reviewed to date on Illuminate Health.